US Catholic Faith in Real Life

A God without perfection: A God we can believe in?

By Bryan Cones |
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Yoram Hazony, president of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, has written an astonishingly simple apology for the God of the Hebrew Bible in The New York Times, offering it as a way beyond the God-the-perfect-being proposed by philosophers and much classical Christian theology. As Hazony points out, that approach to God as serious problems, the first of which is "that it appears to be impossible to make it coherent.


Father Roy out over women's ordination: How will history judge?

By Bryan Cones |
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It was with some sadness that I read of Father Roy Bourgeois' inevitable laicization and dismissal from his Maryknoll order after more than 40 years of service. I say "inevitable" because I never had any confidence that the stall tactics Maryknoll engaged in over the past few years would eventually be successful.


Notice to confirmation candidates: Be careful what you post on Facebook

By Scott Alessi |
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The orthodoxy police have apparently invaded Facebook. The first victim: Seventeen-year-old Lennon Cihak, who after completing all the requirements for confirmation was denied the sacrament by his pastor over a photo that Cihak posted on his Facebook page.


Habemus papam in Twitteratum: Pope to tweet (in Latin?)

By Bryan Cones |
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Now that Pope Benedict XVI is entering the Twitterverse--with the pope's first 140 characters to appear before the end of the year--I'm wondering how his embrace of this new(ish) communications medium relates to this week's creation of the Vatican's new Pontifical Academy for Latin Studies. Maybe he coud use the former to promote the latter?


Did the bishops' political messages influence the vote of their flock?

By Scott Alessi |
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Election Day has (thankfully) come and gone, and we now know for certain that President Barack Obama will serve four more years in office. So now that the "who will win?" speculation is out of the way, analysts are hard at work on explaining why the vote went the way it did.


Path to church unity in Austria: Get in line. At papal synod: Get on Twitter

By Bryan Cones |
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Two decidedly different approaches to dissension in the Catholic ranks emerged in the last week. From Austria came a letter from its bishops on the Year of Faith, with a specific section devoted to the "Appeal to Disobedience," a bit of a manifesto signed by 400 Catholic priests in Austria lamenting the "reform backlog"--ordination of married men and women, communion for remarried people, and so on--facing the church in Austria.


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